Today I read his interview in Khanty-Mansiysk: http://www.ugra-chess.ru/eng/interv_34_e.htm
I love this remark of Gata in the interview: Well, the most important thing is to prepare good openings (laughs). And then I can just play chess.
And when he can just play chess, he is great!
Anyway, his play is generally much higher quality than his openings, so when he can get out of the openings in reasonable positions he generally does very well.
Unfortunately, its hard for me to make any sense of what FIDE has done here. I can't understand why he just doesn't face Anand in a WC match.
PS: Everyone is welcome but Kramnik!
Weren't Kamsky and Shirov eliminated by Gelfand and Aronian? Oops, that was during the previous FIDE Random Challenger Generator process.
You have to beat [Kramnik] in a match (not tournament) to become FIDE world champion. <Roland>
Huh? If there is one thing in this mess that is hard to dispute, it is that Anand is (currently) the "FIDE world champion" (at least at classical chess - FIDE puts the "World Champion" label on many things, such as the Under 8 Boys and Under 8 Girls).
Paper champions are nothing new! Indeed, 2007 is the 100th anniversary of Tarrasch being acclaimed "World Tournament Champion" (Turnierweltmeister) at Ostende [he first suggested this nomenclature at Hastings 1895], leading (finally) to his match against Lasker the next year. [Lasker actually agreed to a match in 1903, but Tarrasch injured himself while skating, and Lasker refused a postponement].
Historically, in 1894 Lasker was thought to be same (his major accomplishment was to beat an old Steinitz). In fact, Steinitz tried to claim the title back on forfeit when Lasker took too long to grant a rematch (which he won resoundingly). Then Lasker retired for a decade...
Maybe we will see further surprises
History teaches that surprises are more likely than not, at least with chess world championships.
It was just a historical example, to show that these disputes are ancient. I would say that the last decade of chess politics is (sadly) not exactly out of the ordinary.
I don't like the idea of a tiebreak being used to decide the world champion. Anand is the undisputed world champion. Kramnik should have to beat him in a classical match in order to change this, not simply draw his way through and then rely on luck.
My opinion will change once I become the chess champion, obviously ;)
> "The pawn c2 is under attack, but... 9.0-0. This is the real novelty"
But I found this ...
[Event "3m + 2s, rated"]
[White "BiG DoG, Fritz 8"]
[Black "calimero, Deep Fritz 7"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 e5 4. Bc4 Be7 5. d3 d6 6. Nd2 Bg5 7. Qh5 Nh6 8. h3
Nd4 9. O-O Nxc2 10. Bb5+ Kf8 11. Nf3 Bxc1 12. Raxc1 Nd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Nd5
Be6 15. Bc4 Rb8 16. b4 b5 17. Bb3 Rc8 18. Nf4 Bxb3 19. axb3 Qe7 20. Nd5 Qe6 21.
Ra1 Ng8 22. Rxa7 Nf6 23. Nxf6 Qxf6 24. Rfa1 g6 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. R1a6 cxb4 27.
Rd7 Qg7 28. Qf4 g5 29. Qxd6 h6 30. Raa7 Rf8 31. e5 g4 32. e6 gxh3 33. g3 h2+
34. Kxh2 Kh7 35. Rxf7 Rxf7 36. Rxf7 1-0
Anyway, I think that while all GMs analyze with computers, most GMs (mistakenly) ignore games played by computers when doing opening preparation. However, it's certainly possible that Kamsky came up with whatever deviltry he had planned depending upon Shirov's response to 9.0-0 based on seeing this game.
So I'm happy that he won, I would have been also happy if it would have been Aronian or Shirov, but Kamsky is for sure a good candidate to fight for the world championship.
In Germany ice hockey is not that popular...
Even chessboxing - almost like a Rustamstraum. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing and http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=chessboxing
Ice hockey is a thrilling sport with lots of unscripted violence.
In the Czech Republic, the fans often abuse the players with beer cans. Strangely, when I was in Canada, curling was of more import (the NHL was on strike).
This is as it should be! In the US there was an incident many years ago when a player went up into the stands and beat a spectator with his own shoe! Very entertaining!
i remember I played an ice hockey computer game some time ago and the best thing were the boxing sequences ;)
Also of note, in last year's NHL draft, the Blues picked a skater from Denmark (!) with their first pick!
But you are absolutely right - it doesn't have the mass appeal of Soccer, or even Basketball, for that matter.
The Flyers moniker - "The Broad Street Bullies" - is perhaps not as evocative as (say) "The Purple People Eaters", but is still quite good. (They won the Cup in 74 and 75 [including the Fog Game] - Summit was 76).
Yeah, but that was quite tame :) ...there was only the guy with his tongue cut open (in a warm-up against Sweden no less), Mikhailov's skate weaponry, a stick assault against the referee (though he held back from hitting him at the last minute), and a crowd riot with the Soviet police when the goal light didn't initially go on. [Oh yes, and the best Soviet player had his ankle deliberately fractured by the principal BSB himself].
Oh,I didn't know he is interested in computer chess.
Did he say something about the games played then that you have recollection of?
The games should be somewhere on the tournament website of the chess classic (I'm too lazy to search for them now) :)
[Event "ICS rated blitz match"]
1. e4 c5 2. f4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. d3 Nc6 5. Nbd2 Bd6 6. g3 Nge7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O
f6 9. Re1 Qb6 10. Kh1 Bd7 11. b3 Ng6 12. Bb2 Rae8 13. Nf1 d4 14. a4 Na5 15. Bc1
e5 16. f5 Nh8 17. g4 Nf7 18. Ng3 Be7 19. Bd2 Nc6 20. Rg1 Rc8 21. h4 h6 22. Bh3
Qd8 23. Rg2 Nb4 24. Nh5 Rc6 25. Qc1 Be8 26. Qb2 Qc7 27. Rag1 Ra6 28. Qc1 Bd8
29. g5 fxg5 30. Nxg7 Kxg7 31. hxg5 Kh8 32. g6 Ng5 33. Nxg5 hxg5 34. Bxg5 Kg8
35. Rg4 Bf6 36. Bxf6 Rfxf6 37. Rh4 Qg7 38. Rh7 Rad6 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. Bg4 Nc6
41. Rg2 Bxg6 42. fxg6 Rf4 43. Bf5 Rh4+ 44. Rh2 Rxh2+ 45. Kxh2 Rd8 46. Qg5 Rh8+
47. Kg3 Rh6 48. Kf2 Rh2+ 49. Kg1 Rh6 50. Kf1 a6 51. a5 c4 52. bxc4 Rh8 53. Bd7
Rf8+ 54. Ke2 Rf6 55. Bxc6 Rxc6 56. Qxe5+ Kxg6 57. Qxd4 Kg5 58. Qd7 Rg6 59. Qxb7
Kh6 60. c5 Rg2+ 61. Kd1 Rg1+ 62. Kd2 Rg2+ 63. Kc3 Rg5 64. c6 Kh5 65. c7 Rc5+
66. Kd2 Kh4 67. c8=Q Rxc8 68. Qxc8 Kg5 69. Qxa6 Kg4 70. Qb7 Kf3 71. a6 Kf4 72.
a7 Ke5 73. a8=Q Kf6 74. Qh8+ Kg5 75. Qbg7+ Kf4 76. Qh4+ Kf3 77. Qhg3# 1-0
I found Gata to be one of the most friendly Super-GMs .. he would usually comment on the game whilst playing it, which was fascinating to see.
Mind you, he did have a few goes ..
>> Without wishing to offend Vas or Larry, Gata (ICC handle "Talion") was the only player that managed to beat Rybka 2.2n2 (with anti-human book) on a 3ghz core 2 quad at time control 3+1.
Yes he is a very fine player and a nice person alltogether.
In my own recordings ( http://users.skynet.be/mlcc/chessbazaar/gmvscompsicc2006.html ) he had a 5.5% result against top computer accounts on ICC in 2006.
At blitz play computers are really on another planet by now ...
At first time they argued that I had stolen copyrighted content and threatened to ban me and to go for a lawsuit (not less!).
I replied that I just collected pure games without any added content, using "normal" ICC commands, and they had to agree that pure games are not copyrightable.
I tried to explain that IMHO publishing their games could act as a good publicity for ICC, that all these games were like a lost treasury.
They more or less agreed but told me that they were in the process of deciding how and when they would publish their games themselves.
Inbetween they strongly suggested I should stop publishing any new game unless I wished to see my account closed (and according to ICC rules they are allowed to close any account even when no "fault" has been committed)
So I had no choice : I stopped.
This occured in january 2007.
I had contacts with one of the administrators on this topic a few weeks later but he just answered that they were still deliberating.
No news after that.
So I suppose that they decided not to publish anything as formerly ...
A real pity.
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